By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Top 10 Moments of 2017-18 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next four weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
#10: Graeme Green Wins 10 Straight Singles Bouts to Begin Career
Ok, yes. We copped out in the very first entry of our top moments list because it's not really just one moment in time but the culmination of moments that led up to one very impressive feat.
While Graeme Green had played tennis at a pretty high level in high school, no one saw his start at Capital going down as it did. Green did not play during the fall season of his freshman year but prior to the start of the spring season, he joined the team and thus a streak of success began.
Green debuted at the number two spot in the CU singles lineup against over an established opponent in Jesse DeWitt of The College of Wooster on Feb. 10 and rolled to 6-2, 6-1 victory. He rolled to a straight set victory nearly one month later in his second match leading into his biggest test to that time. Against John Carroll's David Sinense he battled and fought him off to win 6-4, 6-3, marking the first and only time he ever surrendered four points in a single set over his first 10 matches.
After two more wins, Green earned the nod to be elevated to the top spot in the Capital lineup just five singles matches into his career. With five wins under his belt, the next four results read: Win. Win. Win. Win. Then on April 23, he took care of business in straight sets against Heidelberg's Tate Schoen to win his 10th consecutive singles match of the season, a feat that has not been matched in recent men's tennis program history.
Ten straight wins. Say it out loud, because it's hard to believe just reading it. During that stretch, Green also rattled off a 7-3 doubles record working with three different teammates, primarily John Roberts. For his efforts, he was later named First Team All-OAC.
Ten straight wins. Top moment #10. Coincidence?
Honorable Mention: Women's Tennis wins its first OAC match since 2015
On April 4 the Capital University women's tennis team got the chance to celebrate something it had not been able to in nearly three years. The Crusaders defeated Heidelberg University, 6-3, to earn its first conference win, breaking a 25-match winless streak. The duo of Maria Sadek and Megan Williams '18 had to battle time in addition to the opposition across the net. Tied 3-3, the match was immediately sent to a 10-point tiebreaker. Sadek and Williams rolled to a 10-3 victory in the tiebreak to earn the doubles win and clinch the match.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Graeme Green Wins Ten Straight Singles Bouts to Begin Career -- link
Moment #9 - Monday, July 2
Moment #8 - Friday, July 6
Moment #7 - Monday, July 9
Moment #6 - Wednesday, July 11
Moment #5 - Friday, July 13
Moment #4 - Monday, July 16
Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 18
Moment #2 - Friday, July 20
Moment #1 - Monday, July 23
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